Tuesday, April 23
Week-long Sand Mandala Workshop, Thanka Exhibition concludes

Week-long Sand Mandala Workshop, Thanka Exhibition concludes

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Leh: The week-long Sand Mandala Workshop cum Thanka Exhibition organised by Ladakh Academy of Art, Culture, and Languages, Leh, in collaboration with All Ladakh Gonpa Association, concluded the other day at the Ladakh Dharma Centre in Leh.

Chairman/CEC, Tashi Gyalson graced the closing ceremony as the chief guest, and MP Ladakh Jamyang Tsering Namgyal was the guest of honor.

The closing ceremony was also attended by Nominated Councillor (Sangha), Ven Konchok Tsepel; President Ladakh Gonpa Association, Ven Tsering Wangdus; representatives from different wings of Ladakh Buddhist Association Leh, Dy Secretary LAACL Leh, Tsewang Paljor, as well as participants comprising Venerable Monks and Nuns from various monasteries of Ladakh.

In his address, CEC Tashi Gyalson commended the organisers for successfully conducting the Sand Mandala Workshop this year. He extended his congratulations to all the participants and emphasised the profound significance of Sand Mandala art in Buddhist practice.

CEC Gyalson termed this initiative as a crucial step towards preserving the rich traditions of Sand Mandala art and enlightened the audience about the numerous initiatives undertaken by the Hill Council, Leh in the conservation and preservation of ancient traditions and heritage.

Underlining the importance of safeguarding and promoting Sand Mandala Art, CEC Gyalson informed that the Hill Council, Leh has allocated a separate budget this year for the construction of a Mandala Training Center.

This center aims to centralise training for future generations, ensuring the continuity of such workshops and the perpetuation of this ancient tradition.

MP Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, expressed his admiration for the Sand Mandala Workshop and its significant contribution to the cultural heritage of Ladakh.

He emphasised the need to protect and promote traditional art forms as a means of preserving the region’s unique identity, especially among youths including school-going students. He also stressed the need for a similar revival of Cham-Yig (Scripture of Monastic Mask-Dance) through this kind of initiative in the future.

Dy Secretary LAACL Leh highlighted the objective behind conducting the Sand Mandala Workshop and shared positive feedback from the past year’s workshop, expressing the monks’ appreciation from different monasteries who participated in the event.

He also informed that the Ladakh Academy of Art, Culture, and Languages, under the guidance of LAHDC Leh and the Administration, has been efficiently making efforts in promoting and preserving Ladakh’s rich heritage and this workshop is one such significant initiative undertaken by the Academy to ensure the continuity of ancient traditions.

President, Ladakh Gonpa Association lauded the efforts put forth by the organisers and the participants, acknowledging their dedication to preserving the essence of Sand Mandala art.

He highlighted the importance of community involvement and support in sustaining cultural practices and expressed gratitude to all involved in making the event a resounding success.

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